Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 16

  • June 16, 1487
    Henry VII beat John de la Pole at the Battle at Stoke, the last battle of the Wars of the Roses
  • June 16, 1671
    Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, is tortured and executed in Moscow
  • June 16, 1755
    British capture Fort Beauséjour during French and Indian War and expel the Acadians, who move to destinations like Maine and Louisiana
  • June 16, 1779
    Spain, in support of the US, declares war on England
  • June 16, 1815
    Napoleon defeat the Prussians under Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher at the Battle of Ligny, Belgium
  • June 16, 1824
    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is formed at Old Slaughter's Coffee House in London under the direction of Arthur Broome
  • June 16, 1875
    In Paris, France, the first stone is laid for the Sacré-Cœur basilica in Montmartre, dedicated in honor of casualties during the Franco-Prussian War
  • June 16, 1903
    Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, incorporates in Detroit
  • June 16, 1940
    Marshal Philippe Pétain takes over the government, and immediately calls for a ceasefire after Paul Reynaud resigns as Prime Minister of France
  • June 16, 1960
    Psycho, a psychological thriller-horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, considered one of the greatest films of all time, is released
  • June 16, 1963
    Valentina Tereshkova from Soviet Union becomes the first woman in space
  • June 16, 1976
    Student uprisings begin in Soweto, South Africa, in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools
  • June 16, 1977
    Leonid Brezhnev is named president of USSR
  • June 16, 1989
    A crowd of 250,000 gathers at Heroes Square in Budapest for the historic reburial of Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian prime minister who had been executed in 1958
  • June 16, 2009
    The first summit of BRICS economic bloc, an international association of emerging national economies created by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, begins

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